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The Azalea in its Regalia

The plan for the day was to check out Ravine Gardens Azalea Festival in Palatka.  At dinner last night with friends, one of them remarked that as John and I like to explore and don’t mind a little physical exertion, we might get a charge out of Ravine Gardens. While the world believes that Florida is flat, …

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Chocolate Of Course

  Back in my teaching days, I went to Oaxaca, Mexico to research Mexican chocolate for an interactive unit for high school students.  Just ask me about Mexican chocolate and its lore and I could talk for hours.  Better yet, stop by for a cup of it.  Yes, a hot drinking cup of it that …

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Cookie Stamps of Approval

It never takes long to run out of homemade cookies.  I have to admit to a prior habit of mine–two cookies with my coffee in the morning.  Sometimes it counted as breakfast, sometimes it didn’t. Along came an extra 10 pounds–not of cookies–of me.  Honestly, I eat a pretty healthy diet, low in fat, small …

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Flea Market Finds close to the Hammock

  The Hammock is conveniently located between 2 flea markets. The Daytona Flea Market is well known to tourists and residents of Flagler and Volusia counties and can be found due south on I 95 approximately 30 miles from Palm Coast.  Daytona 500 enthusiasts and Bike Week participants will find a plethora of memorabilia during those events.  Beach …

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It’s Oatmeal Time

  When daytime temperatures hover in the 50s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s, it’s winter in Florida and it’s winter to me.  Hard to believe that I grew up in Wisconsin and went out skiing when it was 30 degrees below 0.  That was then, this is now.  Add to that the darn cholesterol …